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Born to be a stunner, former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai had made the entire nation proud when she was crowned with the title in 1994. Aishwarya was the second Indian to bag the Miss World crown, and it was the confidence more than the beauty of the then-21-year-old starlet that had impressed the judges. Even today, it is remembered how Aishwarya had made Indians proud by winning an international event of immense stature. (Also Read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's Unseen Childhood Pictures Prove Daughter Aaradhya Bachchan Is Her 'Mini-Me')
To prove what made her win the Miss World title, Aishwarya Rai had celebrated 20 years of her victory by sponsoring surgeries of 100 children with clefts in Mumbai. In case you have forgotten Aishwarya’s final answer which made her win the Miss World title, then fret not. When Aishwarya was asked what qualities a Miss World should embody, she had answered, "The Miss Worlds that we have had up to date, have been proof enough that they have had compassion. Compassion for the underprivileged and not only for the people who have status and stature. We have had people, who can look beyond the barriers that man has set up - of nationalities and colour. We have to look beyond those and that would make a true Miss World. A true person, a real person."
A throwback picture from 1994 after Aishwarya Rai was crowned with the Miss World title, had emerged on the social media. In the picture, Aishwarya had looked beautiful in a saree, wearing her Miss World sash and tiara. But it was her humbleness and grounded nature that had touched everyone’s heart. Aishwarya along with her mother, Brindya Rai could be seen sitting on the floor and enjoying their meal. This picture of Aishwarya and her mother is truly humbling!
Do you know Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was crowned with another title 24 years after winning Miss World? Aishwarya had married the love of her life, Abhishek Bachchan in 2007 and four years later, they had embraced parenthood with the arrival of a baby girl, Aaradhya Bachchan. In 2018, Aishwarya had posted a picture of the ‘most precious crown’ made by her daughter, Aaradhya for her. Captioning her ‘Best Mom In the Whole Wide World’ crown, Aishwarya had written, “A SURPRISE...made by MY WORLD for me today. LOVE YOU MY DARLING AARADHYA and THANK YOU for the MOST PRECIOUS crown EVERRRRRRR.” (Also Read: Jaya Bachchan Praising Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Leaves Her 'Bahu' In Happy Tears In A Throwback Video)
In a throwback interview with a media portal, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had revealed if things had changed for her post winning the Miss World title. She had stated, “I haven’t changed much. Probably after Miss World people have started listening to me attentively, they started taking me far more seriously, my approach became a little more responsible and I became a full-fledged media personality or what people call a celebrity.” Acknowledging working with good directors, who had recognised her capability as an actress, Aishwarya had said, “A hit gives you a chance to work with the best of directors, with God’s grace I never had lack of work. I am working with very good directors. People have recognised my capability as an actress and that is the most important thing for me.”
Aishwarya Rai had added Bachchan to her name when she had exchanged wedding vows with Abhishek Bachchan. There are no second thoughts that love-nest is a paradise, but there are only a few lovebirds, who teach us the meaning of true love and reinstate our faith in marriage. Needless to say, Aishwarya and Abhishek belong to that category and are acing it with their gracious self.
In a throwback interview, when a journalist had asked Abhishek Bachchan about the tag of an 'it couple' given by Oprah Winfrey and how do they (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and him) handle the pressure of being one of the most powerful couples, Abhishek had retorted, "You don't let these things matter. You don't go home at night and say 'We are the IT couple' or what we are going to do to maintain this. I think people spend too much time bothering about these things. Two of us have always been real about these things. We have no false illusions of grandeur nor we are aspiring to be that. We aspire to be good human beings, loving children and good professionals at what we do. These epitaphs are not going to stay.”
Revealing the real reason for marrying Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan was quoted as saying, "That's not the basis of my relationship with Aishwarya. It's not about - you're hot and let's get married. It's not that. I married her for the human being that she is, not because she is the most successful actor we have or she is the international face of the Indian cinema because she is one of the most beautiful women. No, it's not. At the end of the day, when you come back home from a hard day at work, you go to bed and you have to face certain realities about how the person is like. These faces that we have come off at night without makeup. I married her for that person." (Also Read: Unseen Video Of Abhishek Bachchan And Aishwarya Rai's Wedding In 2007, Glimpse Of The Varmala Ritual)
Though the Miss World crown passes every year, but once a Miss World is always a Miss World. Aishwarya Rai is the most humble and grounded actress, who had proved the decision of crowning her with the Miss World title just right!